Twitter could be the next media wave for spreading health for spreading health care information, and medical updates in real time, according to an article in the Medical Connectivity section of the latest issue of Telemedicine and e-Health. Changing into more than a social site, Twitter is fast becoming more than just a way to remain in touch with friends. Tweets are being recognized by the medical community as a valuable way to spread medical news. A caveat is the sensitivity of medical issues and updates. Though hospitals, physicians groups, and other healthcare organizations are recognizing the potential of Twitter for communicating to patients, families and the public, caution is needed to ensure accuracy and confidentiality.
Furthermore, Twitter can be used to alert the public to new releases from the CDC, disasters, drug safety warnings, and other health news or warnings. The information is fast spreading. Telemedicine is expected to play an increasingly important role in health care. Twitter could find a role in healthcare that includes disseminating medical news and health information, tweeting to colleagues from medical conferences, and keeping abreast of new drug developments